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Pai Gow Poker : From China to America

Double-hand poker (or Pai Gow poker) is the American edition of the Chinese Pai Gow. Double-hand poker is a card game utilizing hand rankings of standard poker while Pai Gow on its part is done with dominoes. Sam Torosian in collaboration with Fred Wolf co-produced Super Pan-9 and Pai Gow poker games.

Afterward, Fred Wolf created, and get hold of U.S. copyrights on, some new gaming gadgets which incorporated "3 -special-dice", and card games like, "Fast-action hold 'em" and "Swepstakes Blackjack ".

A typical 52-card pack and a lone joker is use in the game. The card dealer and six other players comprise a table. All players are up against the house (a casino dealer or active player on the table).

Object of the game

The game's objective is to require players to formed two poker combinations from the setoff seven cards that they hold: a 5-card poker combination in addition to a 2-card combination. The 5 -card combination must be rank higher than its two-card partner. The 2-card combination is described as the hand "on top" or "in front" or "small hand", furthermore, five-card hand is named "big" or "bottom" or "behind" or "big".

The deal

The card dealer after shuffling the cards, deposits at the table seven face down stacks each stack contains seven cards. The cards are shuffled, and then dealt to the table in seven face-down stacks of seven cards. Four cards are idle regardless how many players are participating.

Betting locations are numbered from 1 to 7, beginning with the banker and rotating counter-clockwise. A player's designated number chosen either by electronic device or by a dice. If a player sits not in his designated place, the hand is still considered allotted, but is consigned to a cast off pile along with the four idle cards.

Hand rankings

The only available two-card combinations are pair along with the high cards. Five-card hands employ typical poker hand ranks with just an omission: in major Las Vegas casinos, the combination A-2-3-4-5 ranks higher than a straight king-high, but lower than the hand A-K-Q-J-10.(ace-high straight). Nearly in all Michigan and California casinos this rule is nothing; the combination A-2-3-4-5 is likely the lowest straight.

The joker as usual acts as the bug, that is to say, in five-card combinations, joker can be utilized to finish a flush or a straight if the need arises otherwise it substitute for an ace. However in a number of casinos in California a joker is just a wild card.